Reflective Practice in ELT - Thomas S. C. Farrell

Reflective Practice in ELT - Thomas S. C. Farrell

Six Principles of Reflective Practice

Reflective Practice in ELT - Thomas S. C. Farrell

Thomas S. C. Farrell [+-]
Brock University
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Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His professional interests include Reflective Practice, and Language Teacher Education & Development. He has published widely and has presented at major conferences worldwide on these topics. His webpage is:


This chapter outlines and discuss six principles of reflective practice. Principle 1: Reflective Practice is Holistic; Principle 2: Reflective Practice is Evidence-Based; Principle 3: Reflective Practice Involves Dialogue; Principle 4: Reflective Practice Bridges Principles & Practices; Principle 5: Reflective practice Requires a Disposition to Inquiry; Principle 6: Reflective Practice is A Way of Life. These principles show how the important concept of reflective practice is not just a collection of methods to ‘fix’ perceived problems related to teaching. The the six principles outlined and discussed in this chapter point to the depth associated with reflection that starts with the teacher-as-person and extends into and beyond the classroom to encompass a teacher’s career and life.

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Farrell, Thomas . Six Principles of Reflective Practice. Reflective Practice in ELT. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 58-78 Aug 2019. ISBN 9781781796542. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33698. Aug 2019

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